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Children are key to poverty eradication
The Holy See delegate to the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt has called on nations to â€śinvest in childrenâ€ť as part of the solution to poverty eradication.
- Vatican City
- February 15, 2011
In a speech Saturday at the United Nations, Archbishop Chullikatt stated that â€śthe deepest needs of the human personâ€ť go far beyond food, water and shelter. Authentic social development hinges on respect for the dignity of each human person, Radio Vatican reports.
Speaking before the U.N. Commission on Social Development, he drew attention to declining population growth in the West as a factor in nations struggling to provide social services. In contrast, â€śhuman history teaches us that if there is sufficient investment in children they will grow up to contribute far in excess of what they have consumed, thereby raising the standard of living for all.â€ť
He criticized measuring development only in economic terms, insisting that the â€śeradication of poverty cannot be based only on measurable economic outcome. Rather, authentic development requires fostering the development of each human being and of the whole human beingâ€ť.
He reminded delegates that the Copenhagen Summit of 1995 agreed by consensus that people are at the center of development.
Holy See to UN: Development not measured in economic terms(Radio Vatican)